7421 Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)
Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work.
heavy equipment operator
heavy equipment operator apprentice
loader operator – construction
side boom tractor operator
surface mining equipment operator
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, loaders and graders to excavate, move, load and grade earth, rock, gravel and other materials during construction and related activities
- Spatial perception to manœuvre construction equipment to avoid other moving and stationary objects, and to operate heavy equipment with pile driver heads to drive pilings into the earth to support buildings, bridges and other structures
- Motor co-ordination and manual dexterity to manipulate hand levers, foot pedals and steering devices
- Objective interest in operating bulldozers and heavy dredging, paving and surfacing equipment to deepen waterways, reclaim earth fill, lay, spread and compact concrete, asphalt and other surface materials during highway and road construction; and in operating power shovels to excavate rock, ore and other materials from open-pit mines, strip mines, quarries and construction pits
- Methodical interest in comparing information to move, load and unload cargo and to clear brush and stumps before logging activities using bulldozers and other heavy equipment
- Innovative interest in conducting pre-operational checks on equipment and in cleaning, lubricating and refilling equipment, and in building roads at logging and surface mining sites using bulldozers and other heavy equipment
4Total visual field
2Multiple limb co-ordination
L4In a vehicle or cab
H3Equipment, machinery, tools
- Some secondary school education is required.
- Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program
some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
- Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
- Internal company certification may be required by some employers.
Heavy equipment contractors
Pipeline, logging and cargo handling companies
Public works departments
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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